Starkey Laboratories originated in 1967 when William Austin founded Professional Hearing Aid Service, an all-make hearing instrument repair service in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Today, Starkey Laboratories is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hearing instruments with 38 facilities in 23 countries. As a world leader in hearing innovation, Starkey has helped millions of patients experience more with never-before-seen hearing aid technologies. It was Starkey that first made hearing aids virtually feedback-free: so they don’t whistle when you hug someone, buzz when you touch your hair, or shriek when you put on a hat. It was Starkey that created the industry’s first in-canal hearing aid and the first custom, digital and fully programmable invisible hearing aid, bringing the world smaller, more discreet hearing solutions. It was Starkey that first utilised nano-technology in hearing aids, brought touch technology to hearing aids, made hearing aids waterproof, and began tackling the biggest challenge hearing aids have historically faced — hearing speech in the background noise.
Siemens is known as Sivantos The Hearing Company now since 2015. Technological innovation at its best from the world’s number one. More than a hundred years of experience in designing, manufacturing and developing hearing instruments. The new Binax range is better than ever. Better technology, better design, better usability. Werner von Siemens developed the Phonophor hearing instrument more than a century ago, and thus, paved the way to their dedicated work in the field of Audiology. Sivantos Audiology Group aims to contribute to the quality of life of hearing impaired people by providing solutions for better hearing and understanding through empowerment of communication, and thereby removing a possible barrier to personal development.
Bernafon is a Swiss hearing aid manufacturer and rank within the top 8 globally in terms of sales volume. Established for over 60 years, their head office worldwide can be found in Bern, Switzerland (hence the name Bernafon). They are owned by the Danish company William Demant Holding, who also own the much larger manufacturer Oticon and the UK based company, Hidden Hearing. Their UK manufacturing plant is in Hamilton, Scotland – the same place as Oticon. Bernafon have made some significant breakthroughs in the field of hearing aid technology over the years. For example, in 1988 they were the world’s first manufacturer to produce a digitally programmable hearing device. Then in 2002 they introduced their Channel Free™ hearing system. By not splitting incoming sounds into separate channels, this would theoretically retain a clearer and more natural sound.
Unitron is a Canadian company owned by the Sonova Group. This is a Swiss company who also own David Ormerod Hearing Centres, which in turn owns Boots hearing care. They also own the manufacturer Phonak. Their UK head office is based in Warrington, Cheshire, right next door to Phonak's head office. Unitron hearing aids are considered to be a lower cost alternative to Phonak. The technologies used by the two companies are similar but not entirely the same. Unitron launched the uHear™, which was the first self-administered hearing screening test for the iPhone™, iPod touch® and iPad®. In its first year, this application was downloaded over half a million times. Unitron products represent excellent value for money and superb sound quality.
Phonak is a Swiss manufacturer who is part of the Sonova group. Sonova also own the hearing aid manufacturer Unitron. Their UK head office can be found in Warrington, Cheshire. Phonak rank within the top 3 hearing aid manufacturers in the world and their products are often favoured by Audiologists. Their technology is arguably the best in the world and their product design is innovative. They have been in business for over 50 years and are represented in more than 100 countries worldwide.